The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 49
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Reminiscences of Judge Edwin Waller.
,had managed his rough detachment of laborers. The attachment of
these men to their -old commander was, afterwards exhibited in a
eerio-comic manner, which, with the accompanying circumstances,
is well worthy of mention.
The party feeling between the "peace .men" and "war men" in
the ,days before the revolution had been very high and naturally
produced partisanships and prejudices which outlived the issues that
created them. As an "original war man," Judge IWaller was early
broLght into direct and strong opposition to, General Houston, who
(at first opposed war, so that when, after the war, Houston and
Lamar were opposing candidates for presidential honors, Judge
Waller took the stump, for Lamar, who was, an intimate
/personal friend, ,besides being ,of the same political faith.
After the election of' President Lamar, he nominated Judge
Edwin Waller to the congress, as postmaster-general of the Republic.
,This nomination was very stoutly opposed by the Houston wing,
and pointedly so by Governor Albert 'C. Horton of Matagorda, who
had been an unsuccessful applicant for the position of government
,agent before mentioned. (At the same time that the nomination was
being discussed, Judge Waller's bill for erecting the State capitol
was pending, and his opponents, especially Holmes of Matagorda,
n commenting on the nomination, made this bill the basis for .a
severe personal attack upon Judge Waller, delivered from the floor
,of the house, by which Judge Waller was very much irritated.
.Having been privately assured by Harvey Kendrick, a most worthy
land estimable man among the pioneers .of the country, that the whole
onslaught was conceived and matured, by Governor Horton, Judge
Waller demanded of him. a personal explanation; 'and, upon Hor-
iton's denying any complicity in the matter and refusing to make
any acknowledgement, Judge 'Waller attacked him vi et armis, hilari-
,er, celeriter, and like another Rhoderick Dhu and Fitz James, they
grappled 'each other, and "the engagement became general," as the
!army reporters used to say. They "tugged and strained" around
the campers in front of the capitol, in sight of President Lamar,
and the whole 'Texan congress, who, took .a recess to witness "the
row," a sight which then as now, appealed to, the deepest emotions
of the 'Texan character. At first, Governor Horton, by his superior
stature and strength, inflicted considerable punishment on 'his antag.
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